Episode 32 - Roots and Hoots Interview with Rev. Larry Beardy

May 26th, 2022

On this week’s episode of Roots and Hoots, host Gordon Spence is pleased to be joined by The Right Reverend, Doctor Isaiah Larry Beardy. Of the many titles Reverend Beardy holds, he is Reverend of the Anglican Church at Split Lake, Northern Manitoba, the Indigenous Suffragan Bishop of two Indigenous Spiritual Ministries, a teacher, a former Chief and Councillor of Tataskweyak Cree Nation, a family man and a Survivor of the Residential School System. Gordon and Reverend Beardy sit down to discuss life in Northern Manitoba and the progression of that life through stories. 

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Episode 31 - Roots and Hoots Interview with James Darin Corbiere

April 6th, 2022

On this week’s episode of Roots and Hoots, host Gordon Spence is pleased to be joined by artist James Darin Corbiere. Darin is Anishinaabe of the Bear Clan, born and raised on Manitoulin Island in Wiikwemkoong. Gordon catches up with Darin as he shares of his life’s journey. From police officer, to teacher, and now artist, Darin’s story reminds us that although we may never be able to fully predict where life will take us, it is only upon reflection that it all makes sense and takes shape.

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Episode 30 - Roots and Hoots Interview with Professor Peter Kulchyski

March 23rd, 2022

On this week’s episode of Roots and Hoots, host Gordon Spence is pleased to be joined by old friend Peter Kulchyski. Peter is of Polish and Ukrainian descent and grew up in Northern Manitoba. He is a full professor in the Department of Native Studies at the University of Winnipeg, and has published extensively in the areas of Northern Indigenous history, law, politics and culture in Canada. He is currently working on a third volume, in a series co-authored with Frank Tester, on contemporary Inuit history, as well as working on a study of the Royal Proclamation of 1763 which the two discuss more in depth in this episode.

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Episode 29 - Roots and Hoots Interview with Elder Joe Keeper

March 2nd, 2022

On this week’s episode of Roots and Hoots, host Gordon Spence is pleased to be joined by Elder Joe I. Keeper. Elder Joe is a member of Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba. Joe has worn many hats. In this episode he speaks with Gordon of his experience at Norway House Residential School, along with his schooling afterwards, his time served with the Canadian Army in the Korean War, and his time and experience as a founding member of both the National Indian Council (forerunner of the Assembly of First Nations) and the Manitoba Métis Federation. Joe’s lifelong passion for community development has been focused in the areas of self-governance and through this commitment, the legacy of his work lives on.

 

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Episode 28 - Roots and Hoots Interview with Tricia Logan

February 16th, 2022

On this week’s episode of Roots and Hoots, host Gordon Spence is pleased to be joined by Tricia E. Logan. Tricia is a Métis scholar with over 20 years experience working with Indigenous communities in Canada. Tricia has held previous roles at the
National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR), the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, and the Legacy of Hope Foundation to name a few. Tricia and Gordon sit down to discuss language revitalization and the important history of Métis People in Canada today.

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Episode 27 - Roots and Hoots Interview with Carolynne Crawley

December 16th, 2021

On this week’s episode of Roots and Hoots, host Gordon Spence is pleased to be joined by Carolynne Crawley. Carolynne is a woman who cares deeply and sincerely about the Land. She is of Mi'kmaw, Black and Irish ancestry and is from the East Coast, known today as Nova Scotia. Carolynne is the founder of Msit No’kmaq. Among her vast experience of working in community and guiding people through the practice of forest therapy, she is dedicated to social and environmental justice and supporting Indigenous led community work related to food sovereignty and food security.

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Episode 26 - Roots and Hoots Interview with Verna Kirkness

November 25th, 2021

On this week’s episode of Roots and Hoots, host Gordon Spence is pleased to be joined by Indigenous educator and Cree scholar Verna J. Kirkness. Verna is a distinguished educator whose passion for teaching has led to her many accolades and publications. Verna has written nine books, including her most recent biography Creating Space: My Life and Work in Indigenous Education. Verna is the recipient of both the Order of Canada and the Order of Manitoba, though her most esteemed honours have been the many eagle feathers she has received. During their conversation, Verna and Gordon discuss Verna’s career, her proudest accomplishments, and most earnest wishes for the revitalization of Indigenous languages.

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Episode 25 - Roots and Hoots Interview with Larry Audlaluk

November 10th, 2021

On this week’s Roots & Hoots episode, host Gordon Spence, is pleased to be joined by Inuk hunter and elder Larry Audlaluk. Larry lives a semi-retired life with his wife in Grise Fiord, the northernmost community of Canada. He is a devoted grandfather and great-grandfather. Larry is the recipient of the Order of Canada and has also recently written a book entitled: What I Know: The Life of a High Arctic Exile which is a Governor General’s Literary Award Finalist. Larry and Gordon talk about survival in the Canadian Arctic, and the lessons learned along the way.

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Episode 24 - Roots and Hoots Interview with Michelle Mainville

October 21st, 2021

On this week’s Roots & Hoots episode, host Gordon Spence, is joined by Michelle Mainville. Michelle and Gordon sat down the day before Orange Shirt Day, to discuss Michelle’s life and healing journey. Michelle is a mother, a youth addictions counsellor, survivor of the Sixties Scoop, survivor of human trafficking and an intergenerational survivor of the Residential School System. Michelle is candid about her life’s journey and the hardships she has experienced. In this important episode, Michelle speaks about the loss of her daughter at the hands of human traffickers.

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Episode 23 - Roots and Hoots Interview with Paul Quassa

October 5th, 2021

On this week’s Roots & Hoots episode, host Gordon Spence, is pleased to be joined by former Premier of Nunavut Paul Quassa. Paul Quassa has had a long life in politics. From working in the Land Claims Department for Inuit Tapirisat of Canada, to his time as mayor of Igloolik, then being elected to the Nunavut Legislative Assembly, becoming Minister of Education, followed by time as Premier of Nunavut and Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Paul Quassa shares with us his humour, his storytelling, and his wise perspective as a proud Inuk.

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